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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

China might be more of a problem, though.

Thanks for the heads up! Obviously i`ve still got that portion of the trip to go, and as i intend to spend a chunk of time in China, and currently speak no Mandarain or Cantonese (except Chow-Mein), could be interesting! Will you know how i get on when i get there in a couple of weeks.

And Cool pics Greg

12. Posted by avacado (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Greg, that was an informative blog - the pics are a nice touch. I plan to travel from Ulaanbaator to Moscow next year. I'll definately plan on brushing up on some Cyrillic to help order those tickets locally. Travelling in China a few years ago taught me that; but you gave me a reminder.

You mentioned that you would try to travel on the train at night and break the trip up a little if you were to do it again. Where would you recommend taking a break? Roughly how often does the train run the route? Any other advice?

Sounds like even though you had heard of the police passport trick, I don't know that you could do all that much to avoid the shakedown. What do you think?

13. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

You mentioned that you would try to travel on the train at night and break the trip up a little if you were to do it again. Where would you recommend taking a break? Roughly how often does the train run the route?

Direct from UB to Moscow is once a week, whilst there are also daily (although murmourings it may become every other day) services to Irkutsk, from where there are several through Moscow trains a day, and many more travelling shorter distances which can be used if traveling in sections.

When i did it (i went to Vladivostok, not through Mongolia, so stops only on the common section) I stopped in Ekaterinberg, Tyumen, Novossibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk (and Lake Baikal) and Ulan Ude, plus also Chelyabinsk, Tobolsk and Tomsk off the main route. In the past i`ve also visited Kazan, Perm, Omsk, Nizhny Novgorod and a few of the golden ring towns.

Personally, i think Ekaterinberg, Krasnoyarsk and Ulan ude are worth a couple of days each, Irkutsk and Baikal can easily be a week or moer if you want. Novos, whilst the capital and largest city in Siberia is a fairly non-place in terms of tourism (you can kill a few hours, but it shouldnty be a priority) and Tyumen and Omsk are not especially worth a visit either (Omsk is green and strange, Tyumen i stopped only because of friends there). Further West (i.e. in Europe), Kazan, Niz Nov and the Golden Ring towns - many of which can be done as a tour themselves or day trips from Moscow - are definitely worth the time as well.

14. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting avacado

Sounds like even though you had heard of the police passport trick, I don't know that you could do all that much to avoid the shakedown. What do you think?

I probably should have given the police the photocopy I was carrying of my passport and visa, and claimed that my passport was "back at my hostel" or some such thing. I am not sure what they would have bought me, other than the opportunity to walk away from the encounter without losing my passport. However, I am not sure I have the guts to walk away from three police officers...

Greg

15. Posted by nickydutch (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

cheers for that! Its good to see some pictures of what i'm up to.
Am leaving on the 5th december to moscow to catch the train there to Hong kong (stopping in Irkutsk,ulaan baator, beijing, Shanghai, hong kong).
I got my tickets from SV in moscow who arrange tickets and visa support papers. My chinese tickets i got from China travel advisor.
You got any more tips for me?

16. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Don't eat yellow snow.

Other than that, not too much to add in general. Let me know if you have any specific questions.

Greg

17. Posted by e_scissors (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

HI Greg,
Thats sound real exciting. DO you need to apply visa for al the countries you going? Country like belarus, moscow, china? Im thinking of doing a trip to Singapore!

Ed

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19. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Yes, you will most likely need to get Visas for countries you pass through. It depends on your nationality what specific countries you will need visas for. Probably at least Belarus, Russia, China and Mongolia (if you pass through it).

Assuming you are a UK citizen, check with on the website of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for visa requirements.

Enjoy the trip!
Greg

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